All. Year. Round.

Looking for sun, sea and cheap wine? Skip this article, book a holiday to the Algarve and click through to the next page. But if you want to know what it’s really like to live here, read on. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine December 2017 Intro picture by ddzphoto   It’s […]

Why move to the Algarve?

Why choose the Algarve as a place to live? The answers to this question are as diverse as the people deciding to make this move. Here are the five main reasons why our expats have packed their bags and relocated to the south of Portugal. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine December 2017   […]

Also the Algarve

The south of Portugal is known for things like fado, sunbathing and azulejos. But you can do a lot more in the Algarve. Did you know it’s also the place to play the didgeridoo, look at skulls and go ice-skating? Enjoy the Algarve tells you how & where. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine […]

Saudade: the love that remains

It’s one of the hardest words to translate, yet it says a lot about the Portuguese culture. What exactly is saudade and how is it linked to fado and fishermen? Enjoy the Algarve investigates.  See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2017   First of all: saudade doesn’t mean you’re sad. […]

The feelings of fado

Sadness, melancholy and longing, but also happiness and love. A whole range of sentiments are expressed in Portugal’s most popular folk music. Because fado is way more than singing and playing the guitar; it’s telling a story of emotions. Enjoy the Algarve listens. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2017 […]

Experience Algarve life in the past

What was life like in the Algarve? Unfortunately you can’t travel in time to find out. Instead, visit a museum to learn about fishing heritage, culture and old farming traditions in the south of Portugal. Enjoy the Algarve gives six suggestions. Learn about… See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine November 2017 […]

Lace up – discover the Algarve on foot

Tie up your shoelaces and explore the countryside of the south of Portugal while walking. Because that’s the best way to do it. Enjoy the Algarve takes a hike. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine October 2017   Most places in this world are best discovered on foot. The Algarve is one of them. […]

How to make your 5 to 9 more exciting?

The short answer: have an adventure. A small one. Because you might want to walk the Inca trail in Peru, swim with pigs in the Bahamas or ski in Alaska, but let’s face it: A) that’s pretty expensive and B) you can’t really do that in a day from the Algarve. So, how to squeeze […]

Fast food in a slow-paced country

In China fried scorpions on a stick are considered a snack, Germany has its Currywurst, in Canada they tuck into poutine and almost every single country in the world has the Golden Arches or some other outlet offering burgers. But what’s typically Portuguese street food? Where do all those sweet pastries come from? And why […]

Rare flowers of salt

Too windy? No flor de sal. Heavy rains? No flor de sal. Morning or early afternoon? No flor de sal. Too humid? No flor the sal. And if finally all the conditions are right and the thin layer of ‘coalho’ does form, it must be collected the same day or else it loses its texture, […]

What’s for dinner?

There’s more to the Portuguese cuisine than chicken piri piri, bifana and grilled sardines. Way more. Next time you’re wondering what to have for dinner, go to a local restaurant and try one of these nine typically Portuguese dishes.  (Spoiler: there’ll be loads of pork and seafood included in the comidas below). See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve […]

From pre-packaged trips to the sun to holistic yoga retreats

Was it in the 1970s the place to be for beach holidays and golf, now it’s also about adventure, eco and meditation. Enjoy the Algarve investigates how tourism has developed in Portugal, particularly in its southernmost region.  See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine August 2017   It has always been a place with sun, […]

Must-do’s of the Algarve

What are the things you really should do in the south of Portugal? The nicest beaches, the coolest activities and the unspoiled places? In other words: how to make the most of your time in the Algarve?  The best answer: read all 27 issues of Enjoy the Algarve magazine. The second-best answer: ask the people who live […]

Portugal – the watersport nation

Portugal’s biggest asset: the sea. So to all those who want to do something more active than just stay on the beach: get in the water. Enjoy the Algarve gives you an overview of the different water sports that are worth a try in the south of Portugal. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve […]

Listen to the lifeguards

They’re not trying to audition for Baywatch, they’re not tourist guides, and they definitely aren’t supposed to babysit your children. Instead, their job consists of saving lives, by rescuing swimmers that get into trouble at sea. Enjoy the Algarve talks to lifeguards Tiago Fraústo and Tiago Fagundes in Fuseta. “Follow our advice; it’s for your […]

Like grandpa used to do

Fishing is still done with old fishing boats, the corridinho is danced at folklore festivals and even new houses come with original Algarvian chimneys. The south of Portugal is a traditional place. Craftsmen showing their artisan skills make for pretty pictures, but, more importantly, they keep the local cultural heritage alive. Enjoy the Algarve explores why the […]

Portuguese up your home

With IKEA in Loulé offering bargain home decorations by the billion, we prefer doing something different. Go traditional and add a touch of Portugal to your home. How? By using azulejos, calçadas, and an Algarvian chimney. Now Enjoy the Algarve isn’t a home-deco-trends expert, but we do know that this year, it’s time to go […]

Baked Algarvian earth

Just like snowflakes, no two terracotta tiles made in Vale de Mealhas are exactly the same. You could compare thousands, millions even, but you’ll always find slight variations, mostly in colour nuance. “And that’s precisely the charm of it,” claims Angelo Martins, who, together with his brother Arthur Cavaco, continues the family business of making […]

Algarve’s new flagship species?

Seahorses; their appealing charisma is also what gets them in trouble. The Ria Formosa Nature Reserve is home to what’s probably the world’s largest population of Hippocampus, but in recent years there has been a massive decline, due to habitat changes and human influence. How to ensure the survival of this fish species? Enjoy the […]

Formosa style

Meandering past sandbanks and oyster farms, the journey is as tranquil as the destination. Enjoy the Algarve joins Ricardo Barradas on a Ria Formosa sailing trip to Ilha da Culatra. This fishermen’s island doesn’t have any sort of actual attractions, which is in fact a big part of the attraction.  See the original article in Enjoy […]

Island life

What’s it like to live on an island in the Ria Formosa? Enjoy the Algarve finds out. Spoiler: during the change from fishing heritage to tourist settlements, and even despite the current demolition threats, the overall feeling of ‘being away from it all’ remains. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2017 […]

The dangers of one of the safest countries in the world

Currently, Portugal is one of the five most peaceful countries in this world. However, it wasn’t always this way. Over time, Arab invasions, earthquakes and dictatorships have made way for pickpockets, reckless drivers and cheap drinks. Still, the feeling of saudade remains. See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine April 2017 Some pickpockets, […]

Wild boar around?

If you go hiking in the Algarvian countryside and are an early riser, chances are you’ll spot a wild boar on your walk. Javali, as these creatures are called in Portuguese, usually move at night and in the early morning hours. What to do (or, more important: what NOT to do) if you encounter a […]

Algarve survival 101

Shouting ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!’ obviously isn’t going to help when you’re lost in the wilderness. But what is? Since Enjoy the Algarve sucks at reading maps and always explores new roads, we often end up somewhere we don’t know. Better ask Pedro Alves of Escola do Mato how to survive if we’d […]